Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for June 18th

1. Lakers’ Jackson unsure if he’ll return to coaching

2. Rasheed Wallace valiant in possible NBA finale

3. Wall sure looks like No. 1

4. Cavs call Kidd, Paul about Byron Scott

5. Pacers may take Orton at No. 101. Lakers’ Jackson unsure if he’ll return to coaching

The Washington post is reporting "For the first time in 19 seasons, Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson sat on the bench for a Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The first may be the last. Jackson, 64, has intimated that this could be his final season with the Lakers.

"You know, I still get up and say ‘This is probably the last time I’ve ever going to do this. I can’t imagine myself going through this again,’ " said Jackson, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. "It’s not only a lot of fun, but it’s a lot of stress and pain, et cetera. But it’s something you get acclimated to. I think we have built-in memory system in our bodies to forget — it’s like mothers giving birth. Somehow, they do it again and again, even though it’s one of the most difficult things to ever do."

After the Lakers defeated the Celtics, 83-79, to win their 16th NBA title, Jackson was asked whether he was coming back next season. "It does improve my chances," he said. "

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2. Rasheed Wallace valiant in possible NBA finale

The Boston Herald is reporting "Rasheed Wallace walked off under his own terms.

In what may well have been his last NBA game, Sheed didn’t put on his civilian clothes after the Celtics’ 83-79 Game 7 loss to the Lakers last night. He threw on a black, long-sleeved workout shirt over his green uniform, stuffed his things in a bag and walked out of the dressing room.

Sheed wore his sunglasses at night as he walked down the hallway and headed toward the referees’ room.

Back in the interview room, Doc Rivers was letting it be known that Wallace was thinking about retiring after 15 NBA seasons.

That seemed to make more sense of Wallace’s desire to speak with refs Danny Crawford and Joe Crawford. He was stopped at the door, and when official Scott Foster came out for a different reason, Sheed shouted in that he just wanted to talk for a second. He said it was nothing about the game.

Wallace was kept outside and he waited for several minutes."

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3. Wall sure looks like No. 1

The Washington Examiner is reporting Wizards officials will not confirm point guard John Wall will be the No. 1 pick in next week’s NBA Draft. The Kentucky point guard carefully uses words like "if" and "hopefully" when asked about helping to revive the District’s flagging basketball team.

But Wall’s workout at Verizon Center on Thursday morning sure seemed like the beginning of a long relationship. The 20-year-old spent 40 minutes on the Wizards’ practice court performing drills before the organization’s front-office personnel, including general manager Ernie Grunfeld and owner Ted Leonsis. The last 10 minutes were open to the media, followed by a news conference for an estimated 50 reporters.

"That’s my dream growing up: to be the No. 1 pick," said Wall, who left Kentucky after just one season. "But they haven’t told me I’m going to be the guy. And I don’t know if I’m going to be the guy. I’m just coming out here trying to impress them, and hopefully on draft night they’ll pick me."

That seems a safe bet. The consensus No. 2 pick is Ohio State guard Evan Turner, and he reportedly will not work out for the Wizards before the draft."

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4. Cavs call Kidd, Paul about Byron Scott

Yahoo Sports is reporting Former New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets coach Byron Scott is expected to be the next man the Cleveland Cavaliers offer its head-coaching job to, and the team has called two of his former players, Chris Paul(notes) and Jason Kidd(notes), to get some background information before doing so, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

The team has also asked for tapes of all the Nets 2002 and 2003 playoff games to be sent to them.

Wojnarowski notes that Scott lives in southern California and would like to stay there if NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson retires and that job is offered to him or possibly he’d stay to coach the Los Angeles Clippers.

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5. Pacers may take Orton at No. 10

If the Indiana Pacers don’t trade its No. 10 pick in next week’s NBA Draft, the Indianapolis Star reports that it may take Kentucky center Daniel Orton with the selection.

The 19-year-old who declared himself ready for the NBA after his freshman year worked out for the team on June 1 and the team is setting up a second workout, according to the paper.

The 6-10, 260-pound Oklahoma native averaged 3.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game for Kentucky.

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